A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times recounts the cracking of a fraud case involving a Key Biscayne doctor, a kidney specialist, whose frequency of Medicare Part D prescriptions dramatically increased between 2010 and 2011, and then again between 2011 and 2012. The scam reportedly unraveled last September after a fanny pack of prescriptions signed by the doctor was given to authorities.
While our overall crime rate has been declining for decades, it appears the opposite is true for one type of federal crime. Unfortunately, this criminal activity is officially sanctioned during FBI investigations, and it's on the rise. It's called "otherwise illegal activity" -- activity that would be illegal if it weren't committed by an FBI informant.
A recent Florida case certainly wasn't the first time law enforcement agents have used social media to track criminal suspects. Over recent months, media stories have revealed that the tactic is growing common among both state and federal law enforcement agencies.